For those of you that know me, will know that I like to meet new people and I had the pleasure of meeting this charming individual at London Collection: Mens (LCM) last year. You may have seen photos of Mr Chris Chasseaud, Art Director and Fashion Editor for Ape to Gentleman, wearing a beautiful colourful suit by Dent De Man and not to mention the barber special that goes so well with his sharp smooth demeanour.
I asked him "why he liked the Albert silk stripe tie that he'd received?” To which he responded:
" Stories behind brands and garments appeal to me, which add an extra layer of character and intrigue. The fact the Albert tie has British stripes - which are apparent on the angle they slant - gives me that added character. I also appreciate the limited run of ties, giving me confidence that I know I wear a unique item.
A Shaun Gordon Tie fits my personality nicely as I can blend smart with a feel of rebellious charm. Rather than conforming to trends I wear what I like and feel comfortable in - blending smart and casual".
The Albert Stripe Tie
To say the least, striped ties fascinates me because historically they were intentionally made to identify us. Therefore the tie worn would show which School, Club, College, Air-force, Navy or Marine you belonged to. For an example the striped design and colours would represent your area of regiment. Just to note, not all regimental ties were striped patterns but most were.
Being a British designer and tie-maker, I felt it was important to follow the tradition of cutting tie pattern to allow the striped tie pattern to flow from left to right. Historically striped regimental ties were cut this way, so that it would harmonised with the jackets traditional left over right fastening of the British soldiers. When our American cousin's adopted the striped ties, they ensured that the stripes flow in the opposite direction (right to left) to avoid offending the British soldiers (very courteous indeed).
The Albert tie is made from 100% silk yarn dye stripes of burgundy, golden yellow, navy, and white, which are very easy colours to combine into your daily style and would fit right into any men’s contemporary wardrobe to vintage alike.
Comment below and let me know if you are a fan of stripe ties. If not, Why?